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Ruthie's closing

We've been to the Pink Tea Cup about a year ago and were very unimpressed. I do remember the Village one from about 40 years ago and have fond memories, but really thought the Brooklyn one had food that was greasy, dry and not very tasty. We will not return.

Aug 12, 2015
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BROOKLYN/QUEENS-LITTLE ITALY

Not sure how Mark would know that when he posted in 2003.

Jul 09, 2015
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Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Article from DNA about the split: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150...

Jul 09, 2015
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The BEST KIELBASA....WHITE EAGLE (Brooklyn)

Thanks, that makes more sense.

May 29, 2015
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The BEST KIELBASA....WHITE EAGLE (Brooklyn)

One of the things in the Times article surprised me. It said they were around for just years. When we started shopping there 30 years ago, it seemed like they were an institution that had been around forever.

May 27, 2015
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vasteddi

Check the outer boroughs board. Both Joe's of Avenue U and Ferdinandos are still around and still serving the Sicilian specialties including vasteddi.

Apr 25, 2015
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Lulu and Po vs. No. 7

It's been a while since I've been to either place, but from what I remember L&P is very small with a few tables and a tiny kitchen which is quite exposed to the diners. Interesting, but not super comfortable. No. 7 is larger with reasonably spaced tables. We liked the food in both, but L&P has a more limited menu. Despite that, I would give Lulu and Po the edge in food quality and taste.

Apr 23, 2015
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One memorable dinner in Westbury or thereabouts [reposted on New York State]

Ask on the NYS (except NYC) board.

Apr 13, 2015
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Eagle Provisions is closing

Building was sold. Last day is June 4th. Another Brooklyn institution bites the dust.

Apr 10, 2015
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Cuisines from 30+ countries

Unfortunately Skal has closed. Icelandic food has had a very short run here.

Apr 10, 2015
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Need two suggestions for 'Parents meet the In-laws to-be' Dinner

Ate there about four months ago on a Thursday evening (four people). Noise level was fine (and my hearing isn't great).

Apr 10, 2015
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Need two suggestions for 'Parents meet the In-laws to-be' Dinner

For you gluten is permissible night, my favorite for an situation like this is Locanda Vini e Olli in Clinton Hill (C train). A Tuscan restaurant in a converted vintage apothecary shop. The food is great and the decor is perfect to get a conversation started.

Apr 08, 2015
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Rec for business dinner in Brooklyn?

Just FYI, La Vara is not typical Spanish (although it does feature tapas-like small plates). Rather, it is Ladino: Spanish with heavy Jewish (and Moorish) influences.

Mar 30, 2015
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Supermarket in Brooklyn for Passover items

If you still have time during the week to get there, go to Moishe's Discount at E.3rd St. and Avenue M. It's a zoo, but they have great prices and a huge selection of Passover foods and disposable utensils and cookware. For example, they have at least a dozen different kinds of shmura matzah from Israel, Montreal, Lakewood NJ and Borough Park. Most at about $19.50 per pound.

Mar 29, 2015
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Lunch in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Downtown Brooklyn

Queen (Italian) in Downtown Brooklyn will be about that price. Comfortable sitting for a party of 4.

Further down into Carroll Gardens (Columbia St. Waterfront District), you might like Ferdinando's on Union Street. Less expensive, but very interesting Sicilian food. Much homier and cheaper than Queen.

Mar 12, 2015
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Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Interesting. We went on a Thursday night, but the week before the review. And while there were a lot of delivery orders going out, we were the only two customers eating there when we were leaving at about 7:30 (earlier there were two other two-tops occupied). So the review seems to have stirred up a lot of business.

Feb 13, 2015
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Party Venue's/Catering Halls/Rest's for events

Try the New York State (except NYC) board.

Good pizza and rice balls?

If you do go to Prince St. Pizza, be sure to try their Prosciutto balls as well. I'll admit that the the one time I went there, they did not have them available, so I have never actually ate one. BUT they are (according to them) made from the original recipe from the late, (and very) lamented Joe's Superette in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Those balls were absolutely amazing, and addictive like crack. Five years later, I still get the craving.

Feb 10, 2015
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Katzs Deli

«Next time spring for a buck and give the guy who cuts the meat at Katz's a tip. You will see a bigger sandwich.»

In my experience this is a myth. I never tip until _after_ I get the sandwich and I don't think it is any smaller for that.

Feb 01, 2015
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best ny style eggroll

Ah, but they do take Debit Cards now.

Jan 30, 2015
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Business Lunch in Carrol Gardens?

I would also suggest Ferdinando's on Union Street, just across the BQE from Carroll Gardens in the Columbia St. waterfront district. Sicilian food including octopus salad and their Pannelle special (fried chick pea fritters on a bun). A bit edgier than Frankies, but very old school Brooklyn.

Jan 29, 2015
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Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Well Junior's owner considered and then rejected an offer of $51 million for their site. He just wasn't willing to give up the history and his workers. He decided he lives well enough and loves what he does and what it stands for. But people like that are few and far between.

Dec 14, 2014
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Don't shoot me... looking for red-sauce Italian and "NY Chinese"

A real 50s NY Chinese restaurant had a menu with items listed in Column A and Column B. Column A had Lobster and Duck etc., Column B Chow Mein and Fried Rice, etc. A Dinner for 4 consisted of 2 from Column A and 2 from Column B. There used to be dozens of the restaurants in NYC, but I am not aware of any like that remaining here. I bet the number of them left in North America could be counted on one hand.

Dec 05, 2014
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Soup dumplings in Brooklyn?

Grand Sichuan House at 87th St. and 5th Ave in Bay Ridge serves them. We never had them though as we tend to shy away from XLB in Sicuan Restaurants.

Dec 01, 2014
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New Year's Eve 2014 Prix Fixe Brooklyn

Ici usually has two prix fixe seatings for NYE.

Nov 16, 2014
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Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

We also went this Sunday and were very pleased with the food and service. We had the banana blossom fritters which were perfectly fried without a drop of grease. The hot sauce complimented them wonderfully. We had the chicken Pad Kee Mao (Broad noodles, chili paste) and the chicken Pad Kraprow (Thai basil, pepper, onions and chili sauce). These were very good with a tasty amount of heat that made me wish they would get their beer license soon. All this cost $32 including a 25% tip. They were fairly full when we left after 8 PM (but their were still a few two tops available) and they seem to doing a brisk take out business. They certainly deserve to do well.

Nov 03, 2014
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Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

We had some tastes from Kao Soy at the Red Hook Initiative fundraiser (A Taste of Red Hook) about a month ago and thought the offerings were surprisingly very good. Really glad that they have opened. We'll take a trip down there soon. (By the way, while no longer inexpensive–I think the price this year was $150 pp–A Taste of Red Hook is a great event. There is always a lot of good food from restaurants in Red Hook, Columbia St., Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill. What's more, the Red Hook Initiative is a great organization).

Oct 25, 2014
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Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Krescendo http://krescendobrooklyn.com/ has fancy Pizza, wait service and a full bar. I don't think they take reservations but I doubt that there will be a problem at 5:30 (they open at 5:00 on Saturday). It's on Atlantic between Hoyt and Bond. Note that when I passed it a couple of weeks ago it had brown paper in the Windows. But there is no mention of a problem on their website and there is a Yelp review dated this week, so I assume it has reopened.

Oct 16, 2014
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Looking for fine dinning with large portions

No cash or Luger's card necessary. Luger's has been taking Debit Cards for a few years now.

Oct 15, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Yes I remember the back room. One of its menu items was Clam broth that had no clams in it. There was a cartoon on the wall about someone very angry because he found a piece of clam in his broth. I also remember that my father (who was not normally a big tipper) always leaving a percentage-wise large tip there because he said it wasn't the waiters' fault that the prices were so low.

Sep 23, 2014
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